The word cardinal comes from the Latin cardo for "hinge" and usually refers to things of fundamental importance, as in cardinal rule or cardinal sins. In mathematics, cardinal is short for cardinal number.
In Catholicism, a cardinal is a prince of the Church; cardinals are appointed by the Pope and collectively elect the next Pope if they are under the age of eighty at the time of the election. See Cardinal (Catholicism).
Cardinal (color) is a bright red color like the color of the robe of a cardinal. In ornithology, a cardinal is a songbird of the family Cardinalidae or more often the genus Cardinalis, in North America especially the Northern Cardinal, C. cardinalis. Males of this species are cardinal red, hence the name. In sports, the Cardinals are: A baseball team in St. Louis, Missouri (see St. Louis Cardinals). An American football team in Arizona (see Arizona Cardinals).















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The mascot for the Kentucky based University of Louisville intercollegiate sports teams. Furthermore, the Cardinal (singular, referring to the color) is the mascot for teams from Stanford University, California (see Stanford Cardinal). Cardinal is a Swiss beer brand. Douglas J Cardinal is a renowned Canadian architect. The Cardinal was a named passenger train operated by the Chicago & Eastern Illinois railroad between Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO. There are places that have the name Cardinal in North America

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